There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

2018 Indy Literary Pub Crawl
Saturday, October 6th at 5:30pm
Fountain Square!

All proceeds will go to Indiana Writers Center to help promote literacy in Indiana. Please note that this is a 21+ event, as all of the locations we are stopping at are bars. Though there is no requirement to drink, it is Indiana state law that no one under this age can enter these establishments.

Indiana has a great literary history, and we’re excited to share that with you (as well as a drink or two) and also help out a great organization!

Check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @indylitpubcrawl for ongoing developments in our planning!

Guest Author: Francesca Zappia
Raffle – There will be a raffle the night of the event with some great prizes from our wonderful sponsors!
Costume Contest – Dress as your favorite literary character for your chance to win fabulous prizes!

After last years Banned Book theme, we decided we should have a little hope. This year our theme is Sanctuaries and Secret Societies in Literature. Crawl begins at the Hi-Fi, then breaks into groups and crawl to various stops.
Go here for all the details and to register.

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

Indianapolis Celebrates Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week “Prisoner” and Week of Programming.
Join us as we transform the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library into a cozy salon where community members can gather to ask big questions about art, citizenship and humanity. This year, Banned Books Week is September 24-September 29, and we are thrilled to welcome a host of guests to discuss censorship, book banning, and many other topics. Please RSVP for the celebrations here!

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

Tuesday, September 25 from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
Sterrett Center

8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)
Join us for our monthly featured author/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month our featured author is Sarah Layden.
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is the author of the novel Trip Through Your Wires (Engine Books), and her short stories appear in Boston Review, Booth, PANK, Artful Dodge, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found in Salon, Ladies' Home Journal, and The Humanist, among others. The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, flash fiction, won the Sonder Press 2017 Chapbook Competition. She teaches creative writing at IUPUI and the Indiana Writers Center.

Tuesday, September 25 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219
Go here to register for the event.

Join us For Colored Girls Book Club for our September meeting! We will be discussing Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  The story of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.  Donations are welcome!

Poets Attack! With Adrian Matejka, Noah Baldino, & Manon Voice

Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

Noah Baldino's poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. They are a poetry editor for the Sycamore Review. They were a finalist for the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Prize.

Adrian Matejka is the author of four books, including Map to the Stars and the Big Smoke, which earned him a nomination for the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Indianapolis's own hometown hero, his long list of prizes includes a Pushcart, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and many many more. He is the poet laureate of Indiana.

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

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Thursday, September 27, 7:30 PM
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Lynda Barry is the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. In 1979, while pursuing a career as a painter, she began drawing a weekly comic strip that incorporated stories considered to be incompatible with comics at the time: stories, as Barry puts it, “that had a lot of trouble in them.” Widely credited with expanding the literary, thematic, and emotional range of American comics, Barry’s ground-breaking weekly strip, Ernie Pook's Comeek, ran for 30 years. Her graphic novel, What It Is, won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work, and in 2016 she was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame. 

Barry has authored seventeen books, worked as a commentator for NPR, and had a regular monthly feature in Esquire, Mother Jones Magazine, and Mademoiselle, and on She created an album-length spoken word collection of stories called, The Lynda Barry Experience, and was a frequent guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.

She also adapted her novel The Good Times Are Killing Me into a long-running off-Broadway play. In 2008, her book One! Hundred! Demons! was required reading for all incoming freshmen at Stanford University. Her novel Cruddy has been translated into French, Italian, German, Catalan, and Hebrew. She is currently at work on an illustrated novel called Mr. Birdis and a documentary in comic book form about industrial scale wind farms in Wisconsin.


Marilyn K. Cory Speaker Series/Ball State University

Presents Hanif Abdurraqib
Thursday, September 27  7-9 PM
Teacher's College, Room 121

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Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib will speak and read from his work. His books include "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us" and "The Crown Ain't Worth Much," and his work addresses a range of topics, including the n-word, racial profiling, and contemporary music and sports. The event will be held in TC 121.

Indy Reads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

PFLAG presents: Sophie Labelle @ Indy Reads Books

Friday, September 28, 6pm – 9pm
Sophie Labelle is a Canadian author, cartoonist, and public speaker. She is transgender and known for her webcomic Assigned Male detailing her experiences as a trans woman.She is active in the transgender rights movement and speaks on the subjects of trans history and transfeminism. PFLAG (Indianapolis Chapter) is sponsoring her visit.

They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing
Saturday, September 29, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Collaboration is one of the many ways that a conversation may happen between a reader and a text, or two writers. A They Said reading both encourages and celebrates that discourse. They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as hybridized forms that push the boundaries of concepts like “genre” and “author.”

FAF Collective presents: Reflections
Public · Hosted by Face A Face

Saturday, September 29 at 7–9 PM
Hoy Polloy

2121 E 10th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46201

Join FAF Collective fam for another poetry reading!
Our theme, "Reflections."
~ Elysia Lucinda, amazing local poet
~ John Leo, amazing local poet
~ Wendy Spacek, amazing poet and Monster House Press fam
~ Geno Jones, amazing poet/writer
~ Ari Attack + Spaceyammz, FAF Founders

$5 suggested donation

Writers Guild at Bloomington

Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Featuring Maria Hamilton Abegunde & Breon Rochelle Tyler
September 30, 2018 @ 3:00–4:30 pm
Monroe County Convention Center

Followed by an Open Mic
It’s all free!
Free parking in the back too.

Bios are available here

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Readings Series present writer Michael Martone- A celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Reiberg Series!
With special guests R. Craig Sautter, Karen Kovacik, and Terry Kirts

Wednesday, October 3, 7 PM – 8:30 PM
IUPUI University Library

755 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Michael Martone's recent books are The Moon Over Wapakoneta, Brooding, Winesburg, Indiana, and Four for a Quarter. The University of Georgia Press published his book of essays, The Flatness and Other Landscapes, winner of the AWP Award for Nonfiction, in 2000. His stories and essays have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, North American Review, Iowa Review, and other magazines. Martone has won two Fellowships from the NEA and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies. In 2013 he received the national Indiana Authors Award, and in 2016, the Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contribution to Midwestern Literature. Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Butler University and graduated from Indiana University. He holds the MA from The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University. Martone is currently a Professor at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. He has been a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College since 1988.

Kellogg Writers Series/UIndy

John Jodzio: Fiction Reading
Wednesday, October 3, 7:30-8:30pm
Schwitzer Student Center, Trustees Dining Room (University of Indianapolis)

FREE, open to public
John Jodzio’s work has been featured in a variety of places including This American Life, McSweeney’s, and One Story. He’s the author of the short story collections, Knockout, Get In If You Want To Live and If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home.

Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University

Joshua Bennett (poet) is the author of The Sobbing School (National Poetry Series Winner, selected by Eugene Gloria).

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He will read Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 7:30 PM in Peeler Art Center Auditorium.

Joshua Bennett received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. He was a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, and has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Bennett tours nationally and internationally as a performance artist and has recited his original work at the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word at the White House.

Poetry on Brick Street

Featuring Tracy Mishkin
Thursday, October 4;  7 p.m.

SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.
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Tracy Mishkin, a frequent guest of Poetry on Brick Street, is back with a new chapbook, This Is Still Life (Brain Mill Press). Tracy is a call center veteran with a PhD and an MFA in creative writing from Butler University.Her previous chapbooks include I Almost Didn't Make It to McDonald's (Finishing Line Press) and The Night I Quit Flossing (Five Oaks Press).
An open mic follows this free program.

Purdue University Literary Reading Series

Presents author Mary Leader
Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

This event is free and open to the public.

Mary Leader began writing poems in the midst of a career as a lawyer in her home state of Oklahoma. She holds a PhD in literature from Brandeis University and is currently Professor Emerita at Purdue University. Winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series, Leader has just published her fourth book of poems, She Lives There Still (Shearsman Books, May 2018).

Visting Writers' Reading Series, Franklin College

An Evening with Emily Wilson
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7 PM
Richardson Chapel, Franklin College

101 Branigin Blvd, Franklin, IN 46131
Free and open to the public!
A reading and discussion with Dr. Emily Wilson. Books available for purchase from our friends at Wild Geese Bookshop.
Dr. Emily Wilson, the first female translator of the Odyssey into English, is a Professor in the Department of Classical Studies and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include The Death of Socrates, 2007, and a new translation of selected tragedies by Seneca, 2010. She is the Classics editor of the Norton Anthology of Western Literature, 2013, and the revised Norton Anthology of World Literature, forthcoming later this year. She published The Greatest Empire: A life of Seneca, in 2014, and four translations of plays by Euripides in the Modern Library The Greek Plays (2016). Her verse translation of the Odyssey was published in November 2017.

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Thursday, October 11 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Indiana Writers Center

Join visiting writer Michael Martone and poet Jessica Reed for an evening of prose and poetry. Both writers will present a reading of their work, followed by a book signing.

Michael Martone, native of Fort Wayne, has been writing fiction and nonfiction about indiana and the Midwest for 40 years. His newest books are BROODING and THE MOON OVER WAPAKONETA: FICTIONS AND SCIENCE FICTIONS FROM INDIANA AND BEYOND. He has taught creative writing at Iowa State, Harvard, and Syracuse universities and currently teaches at the University of Alabama.

Jessica Reed’s chapbook, World, Composed (Finishing Line Press), is a dialogue with the ancient poet Lucretius about atoms. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse; Conjunctions; The Indianapolis Review; North American Review; Bellingham Review; New American Writing; Colorado Review; Waxwing; 111O; Tinderbox Poetry Journal; Spiral Orb; The Fourth River; and elsewhere. She has a MFA in Poetry and a BS in Physics, both from Purdue University. She taught creative writing at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona and Ivy Tech Community College, and for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where she designed special writing courses, such as “Writing Workshop: Where Art Meets Science”. She has taught science-themed poetry at an all-female STEM summer program in Dammam, Saudi Arabia and in Beijing, China for the Center for Excellence in Education. She teaches a year-long seminar at Butler University called “Physics and the Arts.” She lives in Danville, Indiana.


Indiana Humanities Poetry Tour with Tracy K. Smith

Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis, and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and seating is limited. Reserve yours today. More information at:…

Written by Roxanna Santoro — September 04, 2018

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